UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Rowan Road

A superb nineteenth century London family cottage in a charming area between Hammersmith and Kensington. General This is a small, quaint and attractive two storey family house with three bedrooms, one bathroom, a guest loo, parking space and a b...

Luxury Cornish Studio- Style Cottage - Perfect Romantic Getaway

A perfect little bolt hole to get away from it all; a romantic hideaway, a perfect base from which to explore - whatever it is you're looking for - this is a little gem! A lovely private, sunny patio area with barbecue, sumptuous crisp white line...

Studio set in woodland

Peacock Studio is a converted artist's studio and workshop set in mature woodland on the edge of Romney Marsh in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty that is the habitat of a wide range of woodland birds-from nightingale to nutchatch. I...

LOVELY COTTAGE IN A SEMI-RURAL LOCATION NR PADSTOW-OFFERS ON FOR MAY/JUNE -

A lovely, comfortable stone built period cottage with an open plan kitchen, diner and sitting area for four people. This cottage all on ground level,(ideal for families with younger children) has two bedrooms and two bathroms. The en-suite bathroo...

Idyllic And Peaceful Village Location With Local Country Walks. Two Village Pubs And A Shop

Dating back to the 18th century, this pretty stone building is attached to the adjacent High House - a fabulous Gothic mansion built in 1856. Inside the property has been carefully refurbished with quality brands and designer touches like Indian c...

A pretty coastal cottage right in the heart of Deal, minutes from the beach.

148 Middle Street has been beautifully restored by the owners to a very high standard providing a wonderful haven where you can escape reality, relax and unwind. It is an idyllic romantic getaway for couples and can also accommodate small families...

Moville, Co. Donegal. Sleeps 7 + Cot

Outside: Traditional stone cottage, in quiet location in an elevated position with fine views overlooking undulating countryside and the attractive seaside town of Moville (1½ miles) to the sea. Moville enjoys a scenic location on the western sh...

Rustic Cottage With A Garden And Terrace In Sophisticated Highgate

Simple pleasures Why sacrifice your fresh-air fix for a taste of the high life? This former coach house has an enviable position on the edge of ancient woodland, never straying from the path of urban sophistication and old-fashioned relaxation. A...

Tew Cottage, a stunning property in a perfect location.

Tew Cottage is probably what we all imagine when thinking of a classic Cotswold cottage - a gorgeous building under a thatched roof with period features everywhere: large open fire, beams, flagstone floor and a magnificent 2 acre garden all within...

Wagon House a stunnng property in a fantastic location.

Wagon House is stunning holiday cottage set in a beautiful village location deep with in the rolling Southern Cotswolds. Located in the grounds' of the owners' home, this delightful holiday house has been recently renovated to a very high standard...

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